Montmartre free walking tour

Moulin Rouge to Sacré Coeur

90 min / FREE TOUR - TIP-SUPPORTED
11am

booking is required

What's in our tour?

On this free Montmartre walking tour, you will run into all the romance that Paris stands for.

You will explore Paris’ most bohemian, artistic district. You will discover the picturesque streets that inspired Renoir, Picasso, and Edith Piaf. You will photograph some of the best vistas of Paris. And in the end, you will feel very Parisian.

The itinerary covers Moulin Rouge to Sacre Coeur cathedral. We make our way up through secluded gardens and back alleyways. We explore the eccentric lifestyles of current and former Montmartre residents. We discover why local residents are so proud of their peculiar vineyard.

We run into countless photo ops. And we enjoy the romance of Montmartre. We end at Sacre Coeur, with the best views of Paris lying at our feet.

So we can see more, we do not spend time going inside each building.

Montmartre Walking Tour Highlights

  • Moulin Rouge, Chat noir and the cabaret of the Assassins
  • Sacre coeur church and artists’ square – icon of Bohemian Paris
  • The extravagant home of eccentric pop singer Dalida – and what it means to French pop culture
  • Windmills, vineyards and Paris’ most celebrated 180° view
  • Hidden favorites of Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec – and why they matter to the rest of the world
  • The best view of Sacred Heart – and why no one ever goes there

Where and when?

Our free walking tour of Montmartre starts on time at 11am.

We start outside metro station “Blanche”, at street level.

The Montmartre walking tour ends near Sacré Coeur, 5 minutes away from Anvers metro station.

Booking is required. If you are a large group, we advise you to book a private tour. In the interest of all guests, we reserve the right to accommodate or to turn down large groups.

Why take this tour?

To discover the secret side of Montmartre, the side that has inspired artists over and over again.

To keep away from the crowds in this tourist-packed area, and to find hidden gems.

To go beyond the obvious photo spots, and catch the heart & soul of the area.

HOT DAY SPECIAL: We walk in the shade as much as possible and every tour makes frequent stops for water. EXCLUSIVELY WITH DISCOVER WALKS.


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Price

This is a free walking tour of Montmartre, in which you pay the guide what you want at the end of your tour.

Booking is required.

Be at the free tour Montmartre meeting point 5 minutes early.

If you wish to book this tour, use the “Book Now” button on the right side of this page.

Privatize this tour

Groups of friends, families, and school groups often reserve a private guide for this tour. A private tour costs €185, depending on group size and tour duration.

Privatize this tour

Other information

Wheelchairs not advised on this tour, because of long climbs.

Average tip on this tour: €12
Average time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ends near metro Anvers

Look for our distinct pink vests


Why join the free walking tour of Montmartre

How much does it cost to visit Montmartre? Montmartre is a district of Paris, an area with open streets that you can visit free of charge. Only a few attractions charge an entrance fee.

Even Sacre Coeur – the basilica of Sacred Heart, at the top of the hill of Montmartre – is free of charge. So when you join a Montmartre walk, the tour truly is free to you.

Now do not go to Montmartre on your own, or with just a printable map. In Montmartre, join a tour guide on a walking tour instead.

That is because Montmartre is more secret than it is open. You want more than just the church, you want to explore the back streets, what Montmartre locals call their village. Rely on a tour guide for all these secret gems.

Only a walking tour will give you things like: the views of Paris from atop the hill, the Moulin Rouge cabaret, place du tertre, the small window out on to Eiffel tower at the opposite end of Paris, bateau lavoir, and all the hidden gems of the Montmartre district.

We also offer more walking tours besides the free walking tour of Montmartre. In particular, our secret food tour of Montmartre is a private food tasting experience that shows you a very different side of Montmartre, the part that the locals pay most attention to.

Who loves Montmartre 

In Montmartre you will join Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh,Picasso, and Edith Piaf. For some 200 years, Montmartre has attracted the attention of many, many artists and lovers of beauty.

Josephine Baker, French Can-Can dancers, Frank Sinatra and countless other stage artists performed at Moulin Rouge.

Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and many others all performed love songs about Montmartre. Gérard de Nerval wrote poetry honoring Montmartre, and Jules Romains too celebrated the hill.

Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh all painted Montmartre many times over. Toulouse-Lautrec painted Moulin Rouge over and over again, he was mad about Moulin Rouge.

Of course, in their time, there was no talk of free walking tours of Montmartre, and Montmartre walks. Not only that, the Sacre Coeur church did not exist. For some of these artists, even Moulin Rouge did not exist.

What caused all these artists to walk and celebrate Montmartre was a unique atmosphere that you still find there today. Pocket gardens, a village-like lifestyle, views over the city, and the picturesque old stones of Montmartre.

Surprising Fact about Montmartre 

To many locals, Montmartre stands not for art or a good life, but for revolution and civil war. That is because in 1871, Montmartre was the epicenter of the “Commune of Paris”. An attempt by local revolutionaries to take over and put an ultra progressive government in place.

Our Montmartre Walking Tour will tell you about the Commune of Paris. More than other Montmartre tours Paris perhaps, we give you not the history, but what it means today for the village of Montmartre.

Montmartre paris walking map

Starts

Outside metro Blanche, at street level

> See the Google Map > Print the map

When

11am

Metro station

Closest metro station: Blanche (line 2)

Additional information

All tours are in English

Average tip on this free tour Montmartre: €12
Average time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Average number of guests 16

Ends near metro Anvers

Look for our distinct pink vests

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